A composite filling is a tooth colored repair for decay, cracks, or fractures. With many types of materials available, it is best to discuss the advantages and disadvantages with the dentist for the best options. Like most dental restoration, composite fillings are not permanent but are durable and will last many years, giving a beautiful smile.
Composite fillings can be completed in one appointment. While numb, the dentist removes decay. Then the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepped before the filling is placed. If decay was removed near the tooth, special medication is used for added protection. The composite filling is placed, shaped, and polished, restoring the original shape and function of the tooth. Sensitivity with hot and cold is common when a composite filling is first placed.